Everything You Need to Know About Signing Into Windows 8.1

By: Brooke M. Perry

Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 update are immensely different from the earlier versions of traditional Microsoft operating systems (OS). The interface has been remarkably overhauled, even the signing-in and signing-out process has got evolved for better user experience. If you are new to Windows 8 or 8.1 and finding difficulties in handling the new interface, then you might get interested in learning about the new aspects related to the signing in pattern of Windows 8.1.

Read the entire article to know everything about signing into Windows 8.1.

Microsoft Accounts vs. Local Accounts

On Windows 8.1, while setting up an account you are given with a choice of either creating a Microsoft account or a local account. However, by default Windows 8.1 provides you the Microsoft account and users are always recommended to sign-in with Microsoft account. But if you want to sign-in with the local account then you have to click on “Sign in without a Microsoft account” link. This will bypass you to another information screen.

The difference between Microsoft account and local account is that Microsoft accounts are online accounts while local accounts are not. By signing into Microsoft accounts, you can use the OneDrive and sync your desktop settings online. Syncing the desktop setting online becomes necessary whenever you want use many “Store Apps” in the new interface. Moreover, using this account and password you can sign into your Microsoft account from any Windows 8.1 system.

Local accounts are the traditional Windows user accounts and these are not online accounts, hence can be used only for one PC. Signing in from local account, you will neither be able to use OneDrive nor will be allowed to sync desktop settings.

However, you can anytime choose to convert the accounts between Microsoft and local accounts. Hence, you always have the flexibility to alter your decision.

Parental Controls

Moreover, by signing into the Microsoft account you get the option to turn on Family Safety for the account. Family Safety enables you to put parental control which is very useful when you create an account for your children. Using the parental control features you can decide which of the websites are to be kept away from being accessed by your children. Moreover, you can fix the time slot when the child will be able to use the computer. Not just this but you can always monitor the computer usage if you have enabled parental control on it.

Trust This PC

Keep note of the point that when you will sign into a Microsoft account for the first time, you will be asked to “Trust this PC.” Trusting a PC means, you are permitting the PC to confirm your account details, sync passwords to the PC so that the PC can use your details for resetting your Microsoft account password, if you forget it. However, it is strictly recommended that you click on “Trust this PC” only when you are signing into your own PC and not in someone else’s PC.

Guest Account Access

Like earlier versions of Windows, even Windows 8.1 has the facility of Guest Account that allows anyone to sign into the computer through that account even without a password. But after signing in through the guest account, the user will have limited access to the computer and he will not be able to make any changes into the setting. However in windows 8.1, the guest account remains deactivated by default and it can be enabled from the Control Panel only.

Boot to Desktop

As most of us know, Windows 8 was criticized because it doesn’t allow booting to desktop at all. However, with Windows 8.1, Microsoft has restored the feature through which a user can directly boot to the desktop. But even in Windows 8.1, this feature remains off by default in devices with touch screens and only in devices without touch screen this feature remains enabled by default.

However, if you want to enable this desktop boot feature even in your touch screen device then you can do it by right-clicking the desktop taskbar. Then select ‘Properties’ and click on the ‘Navigation’ tab. Now toggle the “When I sign in or close all apps on a screen, go to the desktop instead of Start” checkbox.

These are some of the important information that you must know about signing into windows 8.1. You must be well aware about the features of the local accounts which are very similar to the traditional Windows user accounts. These are simple accounts with no online integration. But Microsoft accounts are very new and bring in different new features owing to its online integration. While working with Microsoft, it might appear very different in the beginning but you must learn working with this interface to reap the advantage of online integration through which you can sync your desktop settings online. Moreover, you can also sign in with your Microsoft account into any PC.

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Brooke M. Perry is an ardent technician associated with Qresolve online pc support with wide experience of fixing issues with PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphone. With a strong track record of devising effective ways of online tech support and system security, she has so far helped thousands of users across the globe. www.qresolve.com/online-computer-support.html

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